identity

One of my goals this year is to provide writing experiences that encourage young people to identify as writers and thinkers. My own school writing experiences (many of which were unmemorable), my opportunities to write in non-traditional ways (thank you Mr. Gross and Susan Lytle,) and knowledge I gained from my spouse via her time working with Pat Hoy in the Expository Writing Program at NYU, all...
Our first deceptively simple first challenge was to Unmake an Introduction. The idea was to do more than simply introduce ourselves, but to explore and challenge the idea of identity and how context influences the ways we identify ourselves. More than that we were charged to explore how these identities come with built in boundaries that can include or exclude others as well as help us make...
Keywords: digital, identity
Too Much Stuff. Helping Students Develop Identities Through Their Stuff. stuff.png      This is the summer of too much stuff and the realization that one tends to own more stuff than one thinks. I am a good friend, and when my girlfriend had to move out of her big house and into a much smaller apartment as a result of divorce, I helped her sort and organize her...
I feel the urge, no the need, to write this post as I stand with metaphorical new shoes to begin my journey to the land of the Big D. It is not to be confused with Gee’s Discourse with a capital D; it is a separate use of the fourth letter of the English language. Four years or so of finished and completed course work, comprehensives done and passed, prospectus in and approved. And now I stand at...
(This is reposted from my blog) Last week, I had the pleasure of taking part in an ongoing collaborative Twitter adventure with my National Writing Project friends at the Digital Is site. A handful of us have signed up to take on the “digital is” handle (@NWPDigital_is) on Twitter for a week at a time, sharing resources and encouraging discussions through the shared identity of Digital Is. It...
At a NSTWP Professional Development Advanced Institute I was co-facilitating, there was much discussion on student culture and identity and using an asset model to best serve our students. My thoughts are this. If each individual being a part of a wider system, and many systems at once, is not aware of his or her identity, this causes potential problems within any network that he or she is a...
How do youth explore and express identity online? How can educators support students as they work through this stage of development in online spaces?
Reposted from DMLCentral.net For years, a common method for teaching writing in elementary and secondary school was the five paragraph essay. Lately this style of essay has fallen out of favor, for a variety of reasons. However, one of the most compelling reasons to avoid teaching the five paragraph essay is that it is a form of writing that isn't really found out in the wild. That is, you don't...
Central Texas Writing Project members explore digital writing in the classroom and take a closer look at student identity, language, and voice within this context. This video specifically chronicles a high school student's experience of photo essay composition through a class blog in addition to highlighting his writing with traditional pencil and paper. Narration and writing pieces by our...
PowerPoint did the job and I collected a number of wonderful pieces over the years. As I worked with students, I found more uses for electronic media, including offering a space for voices that were silent in the classroom. One young man—a senior who was taking the class to complete an elective requirement—sat on the front row with his back to the majority of the students and usually spoke only...

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